Hockey Picks Up Weekly Awards Following Michigan St. Sweep
Oct. 21, 2013
AMHERST, Mass. - Coming off the squad's sweep of Michigan State this past weekend, the UMass hockey program collected several weekly awards on Monday. Junior goaltender Steve Mastalerz was tabbed the Hockey East Defensive Player of the Week and freshman Steven Iacobellis was selected as Co-UMass Athlete of the Week, while the Minutemen were named the Hockey East Team of the Week.
Mastalerz earns his second career Defensive Player of the Week accolade after he posted a pair of victories over Michigan State this past weekend as UMass swept the Spartans, 3-1 and 5-2. He stopped 31 shots in each contest for a total of 62 saves on the weekend and a .954 save percentage to go along with a 1.50 goals-against average.
Iacobellis saw action in both games of UMass' home opening weekend, posting a three-point night on Saturday in the Minutemen's come-from-behind victory over Michigan State with two goals and one assist, including his second career power-play tally and first career game winner. The freshman, who was a part of UMass' second line that contributed nine points in the 5-2 win over the Spartans, saw 17 minutes, 26 seconds of ice time on Saturday and played 16:49 in Friday's contest. Iacobellis won 56.7% of his faceoffs on the weekend, a 17 for 30 clip and is currently tied for the team lead in scoring for the season with three goals and one assist.
As a team, the Minutemen logged their first two wins in the history of their all-time series against Michigan State on the back of a stellar effort from the squad's power play unit. UMass converted five of its 13 opportunities (38.5%) with the man advantage over two games against the Spartans, including a 4-for-8 effort on Saturday night, which marked the first time since Oct. 8, 2009 vs. RPI that a Minuteman squad had scored four or more power-play goals in a game. UMass currently ranks tied for second in the nation in power play percentage (32%) and total power-play goals (8) for the season.